Phenix City team wins $100,000 from Alabama Launchpad

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Alabama Launchpad, a program of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, is proud to announce its Cycle 1 2019 Concept and Early Seed winners from the historic Selma pitch competition event. 

Winning the $100,000 Early Seed Stage prize was Phenix City-based VentorLux LLC. Co-Founders Drew Barwick and Nathan Carr were awarded the top prize for developing an air-flow system to greatly reduce air-borne pathogens in healthcare settings such as hospitals, physician offices and other areas where cleaner, more purified air is necessary for health and well-being. VentorLux LLC will utilize the Alabama Launchpad investment to perfect their product development and distribution method for their air pathogen reducing product.

Earning the $50,000 award for Concept Stage was Birmingham-based CerFlux, led by Dr. Karim Budhwani, Dr. Lisa Johnson and Chris Krebs.  CerFlux has conceptualized a novel approach for more precise treatments of people with cancer diagnosis. CerFlux patent-pending precision medicine model focuses on seeking the most efficacious individualized therapeutic a cancer patient may use to fight their type of cancer.

EDPA President Steve Spencer said, “the historic setting in Selma was a perfect place to showcase Alabama based startups.  In view of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and on the eve of the Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee, we are more invested than ever in rewarding Alabama’s brilliant future in startup building and job creation. Both CerFlux and VentorLux are addressing real human health issues for the betterment of mankind”, added Spencer.

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